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Title:Political Power within Zulu Kingdom and the 'Coronation Laws' of 1873
Author:Cope, R.L.
Periodical:Journal of Natal and Zulu History
Geographic terms:Zululand
South Africa
Subjects:Zulu polity
kingship rituals
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
History and Exploration
Politics and Government
Law, Human Rights and Violence
Abstract:On 1 September 1873 Shepstone, Natal's Secretary for Native Affairs, presided over a ceremony in the neighbouring Zulu kingdom which purported to install Cetshwayo as king. This was a remarkable occurrence, since the Zulu kingdom was an independent State over which Britain claimed no sovereignty or protectorate. Both Cetshwayo and Shepstone had their own reasons for Shepstone's presence at the ceremony. Cetshwayo hoped that Shepstone's presence would strengthen his power relative to that of the great territorial chiefs of Zululand and that the new 'coronation laws', which Shepstone described as his proposals, would achieve this aim. This article shows that he was not successful. The coronation laws only undermined his position. Notes, ref.